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Kester and Lyndsey's wedding at Polhawn Fort, south east Cornwall

Polhawn Fort wedding, south east Cornwall with Donna Sharpe at Kester and Lyndsey's wedding.

Polhawn Fort is just about as far east in the county as you can go and accidents on the A38 are never a good thing, especially when trying to get to new venue to shoot but that's how our day started, stuck in tail-backs for more time than I care to recall on the morning of a wedding.  I hope it was nothing serious for those involved....  At this wedding I was asked if I would like to shoot alongside fellow (great) photographer, Donna Sharpe to cover the events of the day as they unfolded.  Two photographers can offer several advantages, more angles can be covered, groom prep can also be covered, guests can be more easily organised (it was a showery day so speed helps in this scenario) and on a personal note, it's nice to have some company!  You never stop learning as a photographer so this is one way to keep doing just that.

Donna and I travelled up together to find serious delays on the main road to this part of the county - Sat Nav - what a most excellent tool (ok not always) but on this occasion did help a lot.  Arriving at the venue we had a quick scout around and met some of the family and friends and got to work on the location shots.

Polhawn Fort, Cornwall wedding venueGate keeper at Polhawn Fort, an amazing wedding venue in south east CornwallPolhawn Fort wedding venue welcome board and lion

Candle detail shot by Scott Sharples Photography at Polhawn Fort, an amazing place to have a weddingCandle lights on the terrace at Polhawn Fort, south east Cornwall wedding venueCandle detail at Polhawn Fort wedding venue

Wedding wellies at Polhawn Fort, Cornwall wedding venue, photo by Scott Sharples PhotographyWedding wellies all ready at Polhawn Fort, just in caseJust married wedding wellies for the bride and groom, just in case

Tables ready for the wedding celebrations at Polhawn Fort, shot by Scott Sharples PhotographyPolhawn Fort - Kester and Lyndsey's tables all set for the celebrationsThe unique rooms at Polhawn Fort make for a pretty special wedding venue

Novel use for sheet music - to make wedding confetti holders at Polhawn FortWedding confetti at the ready, all held in paper cones made from sheet musicSheet music paper cones holding the confetti at Polhawn Fort, Cornwall wedding venue

Chair covers finishing the look at Polhawn Fort, CornwallChair covers at Polhawn FortChair covers at Polhawn Fort

Donna and I split up to cover Lyndsey and Kester getting ready in the parts of the Fort they were staying in, the whole place is an amazing venue, with lawns overlooking the beach below, atmospheric gun rooms with vaulted ceilings, a terrace above, overlooking Whitsand Bay, it goes on......  I captured some shots of Kester with his groomsmen and father as they donned their suits.

Getting ready at Polhawn FortKester's father, helping with those fiddly linksKester's father lending a helping hand with those fiddly cuff links

Wedding tie pin detail on the tie of the groom's father at Polhawn FortTie pin detail on father's wedding tie at Polhawn FortTie pin detail at Polhawn Fort

Tying the know at Polhawn Fort, Scott Sharples PhotographyDonning the wedding tie at Polhawn FortGetting dressed on the morning of the wedding at Polhawn Fort

Enjoying some air before the wedding ceremonyLast minute check by the groom and time for some air on the terrace at Polhawn FortLast minute wedding checks

The time came to leave to head off to the church at Rame, a challenging church to photograph in due to the low light levels but very special as a result as the natural light adds a certain something.  One or two adjustments of the collar, some shots of the rings, Kester waiting for his bride and then Lyndsey arrived, looking stunning in her dress.

Last tweaks to the grooms collar with Kester and his father sharing a moment before the wedding ceremony at Rame Church.Final tweaks to the collar with the help of fatherKester and his father ensuring everything is as it should be

Order of Service detail photo by Cornwall Wedding Photographer Scott SharplesOrder of service at Rame ChurchOrder of Service

Detail shot of wedding rings by Scott Sharples PhotographyThe ringsClose up photo of Kester and Lyndsey's wedding rings being held ready by the Best Man

Best man showing the wedding rings by Scott Sharples PhotographyBest man looking after the rings at Rame Church, south east CornwallTwo's company

Ushers welcoming everyone to the church before the wedding at Rame, CornwallGuests arriving for the wedding ceremony at Rame ChurchUshers welcoming guests to the church at Rame, Cornwall

A nervous but proud groom waits for his bride at Rame Church, CornwallA slightly nervous looking Kester as he waits for Lyndsey to arrive at the churchKester waits for bride Lyndsey

Waiting for the bride to arrive for the wedding ceremony at Rame Church.  Photo by Cornwall wedding photographer, Scott Sharples PhotographyWaiting for the brideWaiting for the bride

Bridesmaids waiting for the car to arrive so that the wedding ceremony can beginLyndsey's bridesmaids waiting for her to arrive, taking a little time out of the hot sunSheltering in the shade of the gatehouse, bridesmaids waiting for Lyndsey to arrive

Detail photograph showing Lyndsey's gorgeous wedding dressDetail shot of the bride's stunning dressWedding dress detail shot

Flower girl looking lovelyFlower girlFlower girl

Mum and daughter holding hands before the wedding ceremonyMother and bride before the ceremonymother and daughter hold hands before the ceremony

Kester and Lyndsey get to see each other in the churchFirst lookFirst look

The couple had a wonderful ceremony, with a ladies choir joining in and readings which were very moving.  Switching between lenses, I took a number of shots to add variety, and the light flooding in the stained glass was pretty special.

Sharing a first kiss as husband and wife at Rame Church, CornwallKester and Lyndsey sharing a first kiss as a married couplefirst kiss

Following a very special ceremony in the church, everyone headed back to Polhawn Fort for the reception.  Donna hitched a ride with the couple to shoot some couples shots on the cliffs on the way back.  She did well to capture a few frames before the heavens opened.

We captured the events as they unfolded, with confetti, canapes and a trip to the beach below the Fort..... I concentrated on capturing the boys on the beach and Donna went with the girls.

Wedding transport taking the couple back to the FortTravelling in styleThe wedding car taking the bride and groom back to the Fort

Wedding canapes on the lawn at Polhawn FortScrummy nibbles on the lawnGlorious nibbles on the lawn at Polhawn Fort

Wedding confetti being thrown at Polhawn FortConfetti tunnelConfetti being thrown after the showers passed at Polhawn Fort

Wedding wellies being worn in the trip down to the beach at Polhawn Fort.  Photo by Scott Sharples PhotographyMaking the trip to the beach in specially prepared welliesDown to the beach in wellies for some fun wedding shots

Wedding pics on the beach below Polhawn Fort by Scott Sharples PhotographyLate afternoon sun on the beach for some fun wedding picsEnjoying some late afternoon sun for some fun wedding photos on the beach

Not your typical fight for the wedding bouquetGroomsmen fighting over the flowersGroomsmen fighting over the flowers on the beach below Polhawn Fort

Bridesmaid climbing a little to high on the rocks at Polhawn Fort"Not sure I should have climbed up here!"I think I'm stuck

Bridal party on the beach at Polhawn FortGroup wedding shot on the beachwedding group shot on the beach

After a lot of fun on the beach (thanks guys you were great), we headed back up the steps to shoot a few group shots, the speeches and the first dance.

Mum and daughter against the backdrop of Whitsand Bay from the lawn at Polhawn FortLyndseyand her mumVery proud mum and daughter

A first dance at Polhawn Fort for Kester and LyndseyKester and Lyndsey enjoying their first dance in the amazing setting that is PolhawnBride and groom first dance

Enjoying their first dance as newlyweds at Polhawn Fort.  Photo taken by Scott Sharples PhotographyGuests enjoying the special atmosphere of the unique rooms at Polhawn FortA first dance kiss

There were so many lovely photos from the day and it is always hard to pick the ones for a blog post, but I hope this gives a little of the story of the day for Lyndsey and Kester.  Many thanks too to Donna Sharpe for asking me shoot side saddle on this one - I had a great day, lots of laughs, great company and some interesting note swapping on shooting this venue!!  Best wishes for the future guys!! xx



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